Where: New York Academy Of Art
Who was there: Guests included Robert De Niro, Grace Hightower, Eileen Guggenheim, David Kratz, Solange Knowles, Helena Christensen, Padma Lakshmi, Mary Kate Olsen, Naomi Watts, Liev Schrieber, Paz de la Huerta, Julianna Margulies, Dustin Yellin, Abel Ferrara, Damian Loeb, Zoya Loeb, Harvey Keitel, Kim Catrall, Glenda Bailey, Carla Gugino, Anne Koch, Eli Mizrahi, Michelle Harper, Glenn O'Brien, Fabiola Beracasa, Helena Christensen, Genevieve Morton, Gabi Asfour, Adi Gil, Curtis Kulig, David Yurman, Nicolas Bos, Sybil Yurman, Michael Chow, Lily Kwong, Jeff Koons, Nora Zehetner, David Foote, and Jessica White.
[Photo: Zoya Loeb, Nora Zehetner]
Other details: This year's celebration honored Robert De Niro for his longtime support of the arts. Champagne in hand, guests explored the sprawling studio and congratulated the artists, who continued to paint, sculpt, sketch, and create throughout the night. Every floor featured a different kind of musical entertainment, with such varying instruments as guitars, cellos, xylophones, ukeleles, and even a glow-in-the dark accordion. There were surprises at every turn. Masked ladies modeled jewelry by Von Cleef, one of the Ball's sponsors, while bodyguards kept a vigilant watch on their diamond-studded charges. On the top floor, guests could literally jump into the artwork, and pose inside live recreations of famous paintings such as Magritte's "The Son of Man."
Friday, May 24
We sat down with Anne Pasternak for a few questions about Creative Time's past and future, as well as the importance of having an awareness about public art in the city.